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STUDENT POST OFFICE TO HELP OAKLAND YOUNGSTERS DEVELOP READING AND WRITING SKILLS

 STUDENT POST OFFICE TO HELP OAKLAND YOUNGSTERS
 DEVELOP READING AND WRITING SKILLS
 OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sherman Elementary School has become the first Oakland school to participate in "Wee Deliver," a program introduced by the U.S. Postal Service to help promote literacy.
 A student postmaster will be officially sworn-in by Oakland Postmaster Arthur T. Hambric on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1992, at 10:15 a.m., at Sherman Elementary School, 5328 Brann St., Oakland, Calif. 94619. The ceremony will be held in the school gymnasium and attended by 350 students and postal officials. Students will demonstrate how the In-School Post Office operates by sorting and delivering student- written letters within the school. Hallways and classrooms, named after famous Afro-Americans, serve as street names and addresses. Each class is also designing their own stamp which will receive a special "Wee Deliver" hand-cancellation.
 Postmaster Hambric said "Wee Deliver" allows elementary school students to use the experience of exchanging letters through an In- School Postal Service to supplement their regular reading and writing lessons. At the same time, it gives them a glimpse of the responsibilities and challenges they will face in the work world.
 The school's student post office, set up with the help of employees from the USPS Oakland Division, functions as much like an actual postal operation as possible. It has its own student postmaster, letter carriers, and clerks. Hallways and classrooms receive street names, addresses and ZIP Codes. Students write and receive letters from each other using stamps they design. The mail they generate is collected, sorted and delivered by the student postal workers.
 "We think 'Wee Deliver' is a very useful learning tool for our students," said Sherman School Principal LaVerne Watkins. "With the help of Postmaster Arthur Hambric and other post office staff our student post office gives the children a chance to practice and improve on a variety of skills, enhance their self image and promote school spirit."
 The In-School Postal Service is one part of the U.S. Postal Service's campaign to promote literacy. It also sponsors an adult literacy program that makes post office facilities in some cities available for adult reading classes after business hours. In addition, post offices nationwide serve as clearinghouses for information about literacy organizations.
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 Directions to Sherman School: Take Freeway 580 to the MacArthur Boulevard exit in Oakland. Follow MacArthur Boulevard (past Mills College) to 55th Avenue (stay in right lane -- go straight onto 55th Avenue at bend). Turn right on Brann Street.
 /CONTACT: Dan DeMiglio of the U.S. Postal Service, 510-874-8201, or 510-414-5148 (cellular)/ CO: U.S. Postal Service ST: California IN: SU:


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